But Pridemore said unlike State Superintendent Tony Evers he would support a school district if it chooses to use armed personnel other than police officers.
“Under my tenure at DPI we’d do nothing to hinder that,” Pridemore said.
Pridemore issued a statement Thursday saying school boards “should be given the freedom to hire a competent, well-trained school official or employee who is experienced with applying force whenever force is required” such as a retired or on-duty police officer. He also suggested schools could rely on volunteers in such circumstances.
I support Pridemore, but I am confused by his statement that Evers is inhibiting police/armed protection.
Kewaskum has had a liason officer stationed at school for a number of years, with some “reimbursement” to the village for the expense by the school board. It was a program originally aimed to cut down on kids doing illegal things. I believe it has worked well.
Having the officer stationed at school does also provide armed protection for the school.
I realize Evers is for keeping schools full of defenseless sheep, but I’m not sure where DPI inhibits schools from hiring armed people/police to be in schools.
Evers should be, rightly, critized for his lack of leadership on the issue.
I’m not sure Evers is prohibiting schools, like Kewaskum, from having armed protectors. Evers, as far as I know, has never done anything to prevent Kewaskum from having a police officer at the school.
Evers has never done anything to hel the issue either., and it’s clear he has no leadership on the issue.
The idea is absurd -as is the idea that Pridemore is qualified for this job.
Count me among those who think having “volunteers with firearms ” replace ing police officers in schools is the NRA’s wet dream and horrible public policy
You want security for our kids- pay for it !
Just like they do in Kewaskum .
This is 2 times in a row that I sorta,kinda, mostly agreed with Kevin.
I think I’m having a good influence on him.
Kewaskum put an officer in school, in essence, originally, to keep students out of trouble.
The fact that had to be done is an indictment of the breakdown of the institution. An institution seeking to expel God. from every thought, word, and action.
The decision to expel God has consequence, and that is really why we need police in schools. The spiritual (except for the hollow, empty, liberal “spiritual”) has been wiped away from the curriculum.
I’m not against armed volunteers, but the purpose of police in Kewaskum schools is to keep kids out of trouble, it was not done for purpose of armed guard. Even thought it does serve that purpose.
My only point is: I don’t think Evers has attempted to stop that. Evers has done nothing to lead on issue either.
The decision to expel God has consequence, and that is really why we need police in schools.
This is just such complete bs, and is a significant reason why people can’t take you seriously. Give me an f-ing break.
This is just such complete bs,
The fact the mere mention of God is overtly suppressed in the public sphere….
the fact that liberal oppression free speech, and spirituality, has consequence?
Just to clarify Kevin…Kewaskum has ONE school liaison officer for all 5 schools in the district. There is not an armed officer in every building at all times.
Also, I sure hope the election for DPI chief does not become disproportionately focused on armed staff in schools. As a school professional, safety is of utmost importance, but I want someone in that position who actually knows something about public education as a whole. Pridemore has already made several statements that indicate he is lacking in knowledge and experience and has many misconceptions about the realities of public education.
Lots of countries in Western Europe are filled with people who only go into churches to take pictures and yet their gun violence rates are in many instances 90+ percent lower than ours. To suggest the issue is that Americans have taken faith out of schools is statistically invalid.
Here’s to data, and the conclusions it allows us to definitively draw.
(And for the record, I have zero problem with liaison officers. I would be a bit concerned that Pridemore wants to leave training requirements for his proposal up to local school boards. If the guy won’t trust them to exercise their own taxing authority, why would he trust them to decide who should patrol their halls with weapons? The latter is of far greater material consequence than the former.)
Cut teacher’s wages…give em guns ! Sounds like a great idea. Arm the children !